How to Set Up an Out-of-Office Vacation Auto-Reply in Gmail?

To set up an out-office auto-response that informs senders of your temporary absence and inability to get back immediately in Gmail:

  • Click the Settings gear in Gmail.
  • Select Settings from the menu that appears.
  • Make sure you are on the General tab.
  • Now make sure Vacation responder on is selected under Vacation responder.
  • Enter appropriate subject and message body text.
    • If you can, include approximate info on when you will be able to reply personally. An alternative contact or an alternative way of contacting you might also be appropriate.
    • See below for having Gmail start and stop the auto-responder at pre-set dates.
  • Optionally:
    • Set a start date in the future under First day:.
    • Check Ends: and specify a time for the auto-responder to auto-stop responding.
    • Have Gmail send automatic replies only to people in your address book by checkingOnly send a response to people in my Contacts.
  • Click Save Changes.
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